How to save water at your home

woman sitting at a lake NZOriginally published 20 March 2019. Revised and updated 22 January 2020. 

Saving water at your home is good for the environment and your wallet too. And during the summer months your local council may impose water restrictions so it’s great to learn how to save water to reduce the impact on your household. We’ve compiled our plumbers guide on how to save water at your place. Save water in eight easy steps:

1. Check for leaks

Dripping taps waste a huge amount of water. If your leaking tap filled one egg cup per day, that equates to a swimming pool of water per year! If that’s hot water leaking you’re wasting electricity too. Getting your taps fixed is a easy way to save water fast.

2. Turn off taps

You can save serious amounts of water when brushing your teeth or shaving. It’s as simple as turning off the tap, rather than letting the water run. This can save approximately 56 litres of water per day.

3. Use garden mulch

Mulch is definitely a gardeners friend. You can save plenty of water by applying mulch in your garden. Mulch retains moisture in the soil which is really valuable during hot weather. Mulching also means less weeding too, and that can only be a good thing.

4. Test your toilet for leaks

Just like a dripping tap, a leaking toilet cistern wastes lots of water. But how do you know if your toilet is leaking? A neat test is to put a few drops of food colouring in the cistern when you go to bed. If the water in the bowl is coloured in the morning, you’ve got water escaping. This means you need a plumber to investigate the source of the leak.

5. How to save water with a single flush toilet

If you have a toilet pre-dating dual flush, you can use a lot of water unnecessarily. Simply fill a 1.5l plastic bottle and pop that in the cistern. That way you’ll reduce the amount of water in the cistern, and how much you flush each time. This can save you up to eight litres per flush!

6. Water your garden early and late

By watering early or late in the day you drastically reduce the amount of evaporation. This is particularly important during Summer when we have very long hot days, and sprinkler and hose pipe pans are enforced by your council.

7. Use a plastic tub in the sink

If you wash up dishes in the sink, you can save your grey water by using a plastic tub in the sink. Once you’re done and the water is cool, you can water your garden with it. And a gardening tip, aphids hate soapy water, so fill a spray bottle with the left over water and go bug hunting!

8. Get a plumbing check

When you have a plumber booked to carry out plumbing maintenance at your house, get them to do a quick check for wear and leaks when they visit. It saves you money on call-outs but also stops a small plumbing problem becoming an expensive disaster. Need a maintenance plumber? Book a technician now.